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The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Metals & Mining industry included

Pacific Booker Minerals

(

PBM

), down 2.4%,

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

), down 4.7%,

Minco Gold

(

MGH

), down 3.8%,

China Natural Resources

(

CHNR

), down 2.7% and

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), down 4.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Thompson Creek Metals

(

TC

) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Thompson Creek Metals was down $0.08 (3.1%) to $2.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,652,308 shares of Thompson Creek Metals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,819,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.65-$2.76 after having opened the day at $2.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.74.

Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. is engaged in mining, milling, processing, and marketing of copper, gold and molybdenum products in the United States and Canada. The company operates in three segments: Copper-Gold, US Operations Molybdenum, and Canadian Operations Molybdenum. Thompson Creek Metals has a market cap of $486.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 25.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Thompson Creek Metals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Thompson Creek Metals

as a

sell

TheStreet Recommends

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TC go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 4444.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.90 million to -$39.10 million.
  • The gross profit margin for THOMPSON CREEK METALS CO INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.04%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -24.28% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The share price of THOMPSON CREEK METALS CO INC has not done very well: it is down 14.85% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, THOMPSON CREEK METALS CO INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • TC's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.98 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.50 is sturdy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Thompson Creek Metals Ratings Report

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At the close,

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

) was down $0.01 (4.5%) to $0.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 430,312 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 153,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.25-$0.27 after having opened the day at $0.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.27.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $18.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 41.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QRM go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Quest Rare Minerals Ratings Report

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Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals was down $0.05 (4.7%) to $0.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 21,505 shares of Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.95-$1.00 after having opened the day at $1.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.00.

SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. operates as a coal and coke producer in the People's Republic of China. Its products include raw coal, washed coal, medium or mid-coal, coal slurries, coke, coal tar, and crude benzol. It provides metallurgical coke for steel manufacturing. Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals has a market cap of $21.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SCOK go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 46.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.50 million to $0.74 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.38, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SCOK has a quick ratio of 1.68, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SCOK, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 20.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SINOCOKING COAL & COKE CHEM's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SCOK's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 33.78%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals Ratings Report

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